Pushing a button or …
Pushing a shovel …
Which is harder?
Today I’ve done both.
And, for me, pushing a button proved the more difficult.
Because fear freezes my heart faster than a Wisconsin winter wind freezes water.
And I was afraid …
… to push the button …
… and send the manuscript back to the publisher.
Doubts! Lots of them.
Maybe I should have changed the opening scene. Maybe I should have lengthened the chapters. Maybe I made too many mistakes—poor grammar, bad punctuation, inserting a their where a they’re or a there should have been. Maybe the editor will think I’m lazy or stubborn or arrogant.
Fear froze me into indecision and inaction.
But the answer to a single question melted the fear, and I pushed the send button.
Before I give you the question, I want to share a few others first.
Is my work perfect?
Does my work have mistakes?
Will I improve my work if I give it more time and effort?
What will the editor think of my work habits?
I don’t know.
Do I care?
The questions are real and endless. None of them resolve my anxiety about publishing. None of them quiet fear’s loud presence.
None except one.
Does my work honor God?
Question: How do you overcome the fears and doubts in your work?
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